The Czech Legion 1914-20

The Czech Legion 1914-20

by David Bullock, Ramiro Bujeiro
     
 

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The Czech Legion was not just a single military unit, but a volunteer army that fielded up to 100,000 troops on the Allied side on all three main fronts of the war. Since only the defeat of Austro-Hungary and Germany offered any hope for Czech national independence, they were amongst the most motivated and steadfast of the Allied forces. After the Bolshevik Revolution

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The Czech Legion was not just a single military unit, but a volunteer army that fielded up to 100,000 troops on the Allied side on all three main fronts of the war. Since only the defeat of Austro-Hungary and Germany offered any hope for Czech national independence, they were amongst the most motivated and steadfast of the Allied forces. After the Bolshevik Revolution, they fought their way across Russia, captured the Russian national gold reserves and used this as a bargaining chip to force the Bolsheviks to allow them to return home. Today the Legion is recognised as the founding fathers of Czech nationhood. This very colourful force of World War I has never before been detailed in English and is illustrated with an astonishing array of never-before-published photographs.

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“The Czech Legion was not just a single military unit, but a volunteer army that fielded up to 100,000 troops on the Allied side on the three major fronts of the war. Since only the defeat of Austro-Hungary and Germany offered any hope of Czech national independence, they were amongst the most motivated and steadfast of the Allied forces.” —Game Trade Magazine (April 2008)

“It is the story of men that was heavily suppressed while Czechoslovakia was under first Nazi and later communist rule. A fascinating read and a book I can highly recommend to you.” —Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness, modelingmadness.com (December 2009)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780964584
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
02/20/2012
Series:
Men-at-Arms , #447
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
48
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

David Bullock holds a PhD in European Military History and has been an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Currently, he writes official histories as a military historian for the Department of Defence and is an adjunct Associate Professor at Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs. He is the author of New Vanguard 83 Armoured Units of the Russian Civil War: White and Allied and New Vanguard 95: Armoured Units of the Russian Civil War: Red Army

RAMIRO BUJEIRO has become a frequent and popular Osprey contributor for over ten years. He is an experienced commercial artist who lives and works in his native city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. His professional background includes many commissions as a figure illustrator and strip cartoonist for clients all over Europe and the Americas. His main interests are the political and military history of Europe in the first half of the 20th century.

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